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Stephen Boehm, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience

Dr. Stephen Boehm received his PhD from the Oregon Health & Science University in 2002 where he explored the genetic underpinnings of alcohol sensitivity in mice. He went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied the role of brain GABAA receptors in the pharmacological actions of alcohol and other sedative hypnotic drugs.

Dr. Boehm joined the Psychology faculty at Binghamton University in 2005 where he engaged in National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)-funded work investigating brain GABAA receptors pharmacology and binge alcohol drinking in mice. It was during his time at Binghamton that his interest in adolescent drug and alcohol use developed.

Dr. Boehm was recruited to the IUPUI Department of Psychology in 2009 where his interest in adolescent drug and alcohol intake and its impact on brain and behavior have continued. He is currently an investigator with the NIH/NIAAA-funded Indiana Alcohol Research Center. He is also a funded investigator with the IU Addictions Grand Challenge initiative.

Dr. Boehm is the founding Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program, and training faculty in the Addiction Neuroscience Graduate Program. He teaches undergraduate courses in Behavioral Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, and Drugs & Behavior, and is currently training five graduate students and a postdoctoral fellow.

Melissa Cyders, Ph.D.

  • 2005 Postdoctoral, Behavioral and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2002 Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 1996 B.A. Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley

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